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Professional Administrator License Program

This 19-credit advanced administrator license program is designed for educators who already possess an Oregon (Preliminary Administrator) or Washington (Initial Principal or Program Administrator) License and have the requisite years of administrative experience* and desire to continue their careers in building positions or prepare for district-level administrative posts. All administrators must earn this second tier of licensure. Completion of this program enables candidates to apply for the Oregon Professional Administrator License (Pro-AL). Concordia also has licensure reciprocity with Washington.

The Pro-AL program complies with the TSPC requirement that all candidates must complete a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree in order to be eligible for the Professional Administrator License. The TSPC standards, as outlined in the most recent OARs, are central to Concordia University’s Professional Administrator Licensure program goals and objectives and are specifically designed to enable administrators to demonstrate the advanced competencies required for the professional license. Administrators will demonstrate the district level competencies as they proceed through the program.

* Note: Candidates must have worked for three years under a Pre-AL license in accredited public or private school systems as an administrator before being able to proceed to the 280-hour district-level practicum, complete the Pro-AL program, and then apply for the Pro-AL license. Applicants with less than three years may be conditionally admitted to the Pro-AL program. Pre-AL license holders must complete the Pro-AL program within six years of obtaining the Pre-AL license, which is two renewal periods of three years each. At least six credits must be taken to renew the Pre-AL license.

Note: TSPC has recently approved a redesigned system of preparing and licensing school and district administrators in Oregon. Learn more about the TSPC Oregon Administrator License Redesign.

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Fall 2019
Program Length 64 Weeks
Credits 19 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $697
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $1,000
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
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Professional Administrator License Program Objectives

Concordia’s Professional Administrator License program objectives are aligned with the six Oregon Administrator Competencies and the eight National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) district-level standards:

Oregon Administrator Competencies

1 – Visionary Leadership
2 – Instructional Improvement
3 – Effective Management
4 – Inclusive Practice
5 – Ethical Leadership
6 – Socio-political Context
Required 280-hour district-level practicum

NELP Building Level Standards 2016

1: Mission, Vision, and Core Values
4: Instructional Leadership
6: Management of People, Data, and Processes
3: Equity and Cultural Leadership
2: Ethics and Professionalism
5, 7: Community and External Leadership; Policy, Governance and Advocacy
8: Internship and Clinical Practice


Professional Administrator License Program (19 Credit Hours)

Pro-Admin License Certificate Core
13 credits

Course examines the relationship between educational inequities and access. Analyzes the role of education and schools of education in addressing various forms of inequality and considers other societal issues and challenges that affect our public educational system. Course includes analysis of historical intentions and impacts as well as future trends. Discussion of visions for the next 25 years in terms of education, access, equality, and social justice.

Candidates will examine the significant impact legal, social, political, ethical, cultural, and economic issues have played in shaping the current learning community. Through research and collegial discussion, candidates will also hypothesize future issues that may confront schools, and will investigate individuals and interest groups that influence and develop educational policy and practice. Special emphasis will be placed on societal values and concerns that influence schools in a democracy and their role in determining schools' policies.

The Professional Administrator License Practicum provides administrative candidates with practical PreK–12, district-level experience, designed to provide opportunities for aspiring district administrators to demonstrate professionalism and proficiency in relation to specific administrative processes and essential skills required for effective leaders at the district level. This 280-hour (minimum) practicum enables administrative candidates to practice fusing theory with reality under the supervision of qualified and competent mentors in an appropriate setting. 
Prerequisites: EDGR 500 with a B- or higher.

This course emphasizes the need for powerful and positive communication among school leaders and the school community. The course also examines issues administrators often face when working with school boards and school employees, and provides insights into specific skills necessary to help develop effective working relationships. Finally, the course also presents candidates with contemporary strategies for managing conflict among school stakeholders, understanding and managing the collective bargaining process, and additional insights on contract negotiation.

During the first semester of any in-service licensure (CTL/M.Ed./ Initial or Continuing Admin/Ed Leadership) program matriculation, or as close to that time as possible, all candidates for licensure programs are required to complete the Professional Planning Seminar (PPS). This seminar sets the stage for the candidates to outline personal and professional goals, and to develop a roadmap whereby class work, activities, and a portfolio are created to support and reinforce these goals-all tied to Oregon state competency standards. (Advanced Teaching Competencies, Initial Administrator, or Continuing Administrator Competencies.) The candidate, University supervisor, and school or district mentor work collaboratively to develop an individualized Professional Education Plan (PEP) for the support and continuing professional development of the classroom teacher, school or district administrator. The PEP is based on a pre-assessment of the candidate's skills, competencies (in relation to State competency standards), and work environment. The PEP will include, but not be limited to, a mentoring component, portfolio development, professional course work and as required, an Action Research project or Thesis project that will address state standards for licensure or degree completion.

Coursework taken in the Preliminary Administrator License certificate program (formally Initial Administrative License, IAL) program, or their equivalents, will not be considered eligible for your Certificate-Professional Administrative program of study (e.g., EDAD 560).

Courses can be taken on campus, online, or as a combination of on campus and online.

Select two from the following (6):

Pro-Admin License Certificate Electives
12 credits
This course introduces graduate candidates to the process of understanding the funding of the educational enterprise and how those funds are expended to accomplish the goals of the institution. Tracking the flow of income and expenditures per the state mandates are complicated, but vital to the educational processes. Students will become actively involved in the operational practices by means of an awareness of the documents used as tools for those actually in the field. Since human resources account for 80-85% of those expenditures, the understanding of that quantity and of the legalities of using these resources is absolutely critical.

This course builds a common knowledge base for understanding the critical role data plays in school improvement as well as improving instruction and increasing student achievement. Candidates in this course collect, analyze, communicate, and use various forms of data to improve instruction, increase student achievement, and influence decision-making at the district, building, and classroom levels.

This course will assist educators to design and effectively utilize Performance Assessments and Tasks to create a balanced assessment system that provides rich, vital data to increase student achievement and improve instruction.

This course provides an overview of what constitutes effective classroom instruction. The course will also explore in depth the categories of strategies that research show will have a high probability of enhancing achievement for all students in all subject areas at all grade levels. The research and theory will be studied as well as the practical classroom application of the strategies.

*Note: Course code will be retitled from EDGR 607 to EDGR 609 effective 9/23/19.

Coursework taken in the Preliminary Administrator License certificate program (formally Initial Administrative License, IAL) program, or their equivalents, will not be considered eligible for your Certificate-Professional Administrative program of study (e.g., EDAD 560).

Courses can be taken on campus, online, or as a combination of on campus and online.

Out-of-State Applicants

Out-of-state Oregon administrator license applicants are required by TSPC to take Oregon law and finance courses, in addition to passing a civil rights examination. EDAD 560 and EDAD 573 fulfill these course requirements for out-of-state Pro-AL candidates.

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